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of more than 10,000 kilometers capable of reaching the u.s. west coast. experts used data from previous launches to make their estimate. they say a missile launched in 2009 had a range of almost 7,000 kilometers. north korean officials tried again in april. the rocket exploded shortly after takeoff. but the first booster burned 18 seconds longer than those used in previous attempts. the experts believe engineers may have succeeded in reducing the size of a nuclear warhead. south korean officials say workers have completed the assembly of the three-stage missile. they say once the crew injects the fuel, it will be ready to go. authorities in pyongyang say they've launch between the 10th and 22nd of this month. they say they're sending a satellite into orbit. but leaders of japan and other countries believe the north koreans are carrying out a test of a long-range ballistic missile. the senior u.s. diplomat on north korea has warned the leadership there. he said the u.s. will refer the matter to the u.n. security council if they go ahead with the launch. >> we will be prepared to work wit
the possible use of weapons of mass destruction if south. >> the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> the chattering classes are already chatting about 2016. >> look, i am flattered, i am honored. that is not in the future for may. "tim brant's college football captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> for the record, the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7%, the economy adding 146,000 jobs in november. we want to keep that in mind as we head towards the fiscal cliff. only four in 10 americans expect the white house and congress to reach a deal on the cliff before the first of the year, and if this goes south, a 53% of the american people are prepared to blame republicans. the president's job approval rating is well over 50%. congress' approval rating is under 20%. why what a the president back down? >> the president isn't interested in a balanced agreement, not particularly interested in avoiding a fiscal cliff, and clearly not been tested at all in cutting and spending. >> the senate minority leader says that what the president is
children. simon joins us with the latest. what doing about the investigation so far. >> one man has been arrested and according to reports second has been made. police are not commenting, but they say they are still looking for witnesses including one man in particular. they're continuing to examine the context of the bag found at the train station. the unconfirmed reports suggested contained butane gas, ammonium nitrate, an alarm clock, and batteries. what they have not found is a detonator. it's not yet clear whether this was a live ball or just equipment. >> what do we know about the one man who has been arrested? >> he has been identified by his lawyer as omar d. he is a known as llamas the extremist and the as a member of a small group of about 15 people of somali origin who describe themselves as german shabab. les have known about him for some time. he was one of two men they pulled off a plane in cologne in 2008 because they feared they were heading to take part in a terrorist training camp in east africa. islamists have targeted train stations, at least one, before in germany. i
in iran say the claims are baseless. >> translator: they're using propaganda to scare people and harm our relations with north korea and other countries. >> the spokesperson acknowledged the two countries cooperated militarily in the 1980s during the iran/iraq war but he says that cooperation since then has been limited to economic areas. the second in command and mahmoud ahmadinejad agreed in september to cooperate in the field of science and technology. >>> china's new communist party leader has gone on his first tour since assuming the post last month. he's promising to carry on with the reforms of his predecessors. state-run china central television reported on xi's five-day trip. he laid flowers last saturday at the statue of the late leader. he said he'll push forward with reforms and with opening up china. xi appears to be following in dong's footsteps. the former leader visited the province 20 years ago and preached about accelerated reforms and more openness. >>> bankers are going through some troubled times these days. dirty money, bank rates manipulated, insider trading. ai joi
regulation authority. u.s. and european scientists offered advice on nuclear safety. richard meserve is former chairman of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission. he says people overseeing the nuclear industry must have technical skills if they are to properly enforce regulations and that those skills must be continuously assessed. he also said foreign staff should be hired if necessary. andre-claude lacoste is the former head of france's nuclear authority. he say prior to the fukushima accident, the operators only implemented the safety measures that were legally required. he said it's dangerous for plant operators to rely only on state regulations and that they should be encouraged to voluntarily enhance safety. the chairman of the nuclear regulation authority says he's not satisfied with the safety awareness level in japan's nuclear plants. shunichi tanaka says the country must boost those measures by listening to the advice of foreign experts. >>> north korea says any criticism of the rocket launch they carried out this week will be taken as a declaration of war. more than 100,00
used by intelligence and observation satellites. the object seems to be orbiting south north at an altitude of 494 kilometers kim said the launch was aimed at furthering the development of intercontinental missiles. members said the north koreans had violated u.n. resolutions. >> members of the security council condemned this launch which is a clear violation of security council resolution 1718 and 1874. >> members have agreed to keep talking about how to deal with the leadership in pyongyang. susan rice says u.s. officials will work with their partners to pursue what she called appropriate action. she said the security council may need to impose additional sanctions. experts say one reason they went what he had the launch was to get the upper hand in negotiations with the u.s. the north koreans have developed the capability to launch missiles that could reach the u.s. mainland. i started asking about the seriousness of these developments. now looking at this as a safety concern. they called the launch is provocative act. >> it undermines the global nonproliferation regime. i
>> live from berlin, this is the "journal" on dw. a school shooting in the u.s. state of connecticut leaves dozens dead. we will go live for the latest. >> in germany, investigators say the attempted bombing here this week proves islamist terrorists are at work in the country. >> a german lawmaker plans to send patriot missiles to turkey's border with syria. a shooting at a school in the united states -- 27 people reported dead. most of them children. >> it happened friday morning at an elementary school in the state of connecticut. a parent inside the school at the time reports hearing was sounded like at least 100 rounds being fired. >> this is the scene at sandy hook elementary school. sources saying the suspect is also among the dead and that the body is in a classroom at the school. police say they have recovered two weapons from the suspect. the students kindergarten through fourth graders were all evacuated to a nearby fire station. all schools in the area are under lock down right now. >> law enforcement officials has -- have confirmed the shooter has been foun
>>> weaker yen, stronger dollar. the u.s. currency is trading at the upper yen level. that's the highest lel in 24 months. the dollar yen is strading at 84.74 to 75 in tokyo. earlier the dollar hit 84.96 yen at one stage. investigato investors are buying yen. >> the central bank will face further pressure. >> we're going to get some more answers as the new administrati administration launches on wednesday. the ps is on. he's talking about revising the law to set target of 2%. >> we think the yen we think it's supporting for weaker yen. european debt concern should be eased things to esm. >> let's get a check on how tokyo stocks are reacting. it's currently at 10,094. a gain of 1.6% from friday's close. many analysts think the trend will continue. in other business headlines the rate of unpaid tensipensions inn hit a record high. around 26% or more than 4.5 million of those enrolled failed to pay premiums between april 2009 and march 2011. 74% said they couldn't pay because the premium is too high. 10% refuse to pay because they couldn't trust the system. the monthly premium
talks on the u.s. budget crisis. >> the annual chaos computer club conference gets under way in hamburg with organizers warning that government internet surveillance is a growing threat. the international convoy for syria made a proposal in damascus where he is delivering talks. >> he will also be holding discussions in moscow as russia steps up its role in helping to find a political resolution to the conflict. the russian parliament says time is running out for damascus. >> it was a high-level meeting between syrian diplomats and the russian foreign minister. he made moscow's line clear -- the crisis has to be solved through political dialogue between the warring parties, but there was no mention of any new proposals to bring about that objective. the foreign ministry denied reports of a new peace plan from russia and the u.s. >> this plan does not exist. that is why it is not being discussed. with mr. brahimi and our american colleagues, we are trying to find a solution on the basis of the peace plan that was agreed upon in june. >> the geneva agreement calls for a cease-fire and the
>> welcome to the "journal" coming to you from dw in berlin. >> good to have you with us. our top story this hour -- germany investing 10 billion euros to ensure renewable energy is available. >> will the debate be different in america after the new town school massacre. -- newtown school massacre? >> german policymakers say the countries making good progress and plans to phase out nuclear energy and increase its dependence on renewable energy. >> in berlin this morning, they delivered their first assessment of infrastructure changes that will be needed to phase out nuclear power by 2020. >> with federal elections next year, energy is a key policy issue, and the government says 10 billion euros is being invested to keep the country's infrastructure up to date. >> germany's economics minister and environment ministers say they want to work together to complete the country's energy transformation. in the past, they have squabbled about details, but now, they say they are united. >> we are going to reach our goals. environmental protection by phasing of nuclear energy and expanding t
♪ >>> more yen selling. the u.s. dollar is rising further against the japanese currency on the foreign exchange market. the dollar has risen to the 85-yen level for the first time in 20 months. investors are selling yen on the tokyo foreign exchange on speculation policy makers at the bank of japan will agree to an inflation target proposed by the incoming administration. the new prime minister shinzo abe will take up office later in the day. analysts say the b.o.j. will likely further boost its monetary easing measures. the dollar is currently trading at 85.26-31 yen. ai uchida joins us now from the business desk for more on that. so ai, investors have been trading the dollar-yen quite dramatically over the last several weeks. >> that's right, catherine. just a month and a half ago that pair was trading in the mid 79-yen range. almost six whole yen weaker in just six weeks. a dramatic move indeed. so going forward, what can we expect? well, we spoke to disaburo nezo for his outlook. he is a senior executive fellow at fujitsu research institute. >> the yen's future is no
-- >> in the u.s., president obama makes a last ditch attempt to find a budget compromise. >> in the angry and protests in the streets of regain rate. doctors warn the victim's condition is getting worse. >> and running the sydney yacht race for a sixth time. >> within the next hour, president barack obama is set to meet with top republicans to discuss the nation's looming fiscal clit. white house aides have indicated that obama will discuss measures for avoiding the rest of the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that will bite if lawmakers fail to come up with a plan. >> pessimism remains the prevailing mood in washington as the january deadline rapidly approaches. neither democrats nor republicans have any new proposals for a workable compromise. >> the starbucks coffee chain has urged its workers in washington, d.c., area to write "come together" on the cups, a plea for party leaders to work out a compromise, but some customers say that is not enough. >> i mean, i like with starbucks is riding on the cups. i wish they would write, like, something else, like "republicans, stop being s
top story this hour. strong criticism from the u.s. and europe over israel's plan to build new settlements. >> the german government comes under fire for the alleged plan to sell tanks to saudi arabia's authoritarian rulers. >> happy birthday, sms. it is the 20th anniversary of the text message. >> israeli ambassadors have been summoned to various european capitals to face criticism over israel's plans to build homes in the west bank. the u.s. also slammed the mood as -- move as "especially damaging." >> israel's prime minister remains especially defiant. they announce the plans to build homes on friday in response to the plan to upgrade palestine to a non-member state. in the israeli ambassador -- >> israeli ambassador daniel taub. paris and berlin called in israeli envoys to express their opposition. they say that israel is sending an negative message in the midst of national -- international peace efforts. >> israel is undermining competency -- confidence. >> israel says it will build 3000 settler homes in eastern jerusalem and the west bank. also plans to accelerate constru
's biggest bank. >> our chief correspondent is falling this story for us now -- is following this story for us now. possibly that of the iceberg -- the tip of the iceberg. >> this report and then goes back a couple of years. this is one of the biggest raids so far. authorities they have good reason to believe the bank's co- ceo was involved in illegal activity. as your report said come fitschen and the -- said, fitschen and the bank are claiming that the talks documents -- the tax documents were amended in time. it does look like an attempt to play fast and loose with value added tax reporting, and that is a very big public-relations disaster for the bank because it comes on top of a number of other investigations, all of them asking some questions about credibility of the bank. at a time when both ceos had claimed -- ceo's had claimed they were providing more transparency and more responsibility. >> this is germany's biggest financial institution by far. how damaging is this credibility -- this to their credibility? >> some of the other investigations include manipulation of the libor
the possibility that opposition fighters bhimight win the sif w. they've been calling for more talks, but u.s. president barack obama says they recognize the opposition coalition as the only legitimate representative of the people. the head of nato thinks president assad has his back to the wall. he said the government's collapse is only a question of time. >> i think the regime in damascus is approaching collapse. >> he urged syrian leaders to stop the violence, understand the situation they're in and initiate a process that would lead to realizing the legitimate aspirations of the syrian people. nato officials say they won't intervene militarily. they said it could destabilize the region. instead they will increase pressure by deploying interceptor missiles along the turkey border. aid workers is say more than a million people across syria don't have enough to eat. they're warning the problem will only get worse. pedro heads the organization's new york office. he said the number of people needing help has tripled orr the last six months. >> they have serious problems in terms of having acce
. >> reporter: the inter-agency spokesperson says the attack closely resembles the one used to assassinate burhanuddin rabbani in september 2011. rabbani was imam charged with negotiating peace with the taliban. his death was a major setback for the karzai government. the taliban has issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack on khalid. experts have warned that militant group would attempt more attacks against government chiefs as it escalates its offensive against international and government forces. with international combat troops scheduled to withdraw from afghanistan in two years' time, concerns are growing that the afghan government is not ready to take over security. hideki yui, nhk world, kabul. >>> and that wraps up our bulletin for today. i'm patchari raksawong in bangkok. >>> u.s. labor department officials have released the latest jobs report. they say the employment situation improved in november. this is the first employment data after president barack obama was re-elected. the unemployment rate last month fell to 7.7% from 7.9% in october. the jobless rate has
for global trends in the lead up to 2030. they say the u.s. won't be the world's only superpower. the council says china will pass the u.s. economically a few years before 2030. the council's analysts say the u.s. will remain unrivaled in its ability to orchestrate all aspects of power including the military it the analysts say the japanese economy will gradually shrink as the population ages and the labor force contracts. they say japan will retain fourth place in terms of overall power, trailing only the u.s., china and india. the council experts say asian countries such as india and indonesia are likely to boost their military power. but they warn of an arms race in asia. if the u.s. scales back its military commitment in the region. they say some nations may begin developing nuclear weapons. new car sales are fueling china's economy. sales grew 8.2% in november from the same time last year. officials say nearly 1.8 million units were sold last month. japanese firms lost out after chinese consumers boycotted their vehicles over a territorial dispute. they saw a slight improvement last mont
you tell us? >> you're right, they can't kick up their heels just yet, because they have a handful of economic indicators to sort through for japan for november. the jobless rate improved to 4.1%. officials at the internal affairs ministry say the figure is out 0.1 program poiercentage from the previous month. separately labor ministry officials said job availability was flat. 80 positions were available for every 100 job seekers. the officials say the global economic slowdown and an end to government subsidies for eco friendly vehicles have reduced the number of jobs available in manufacturing industries. industrial output fell 1.7%, the first decline in two months. major indexes that contributed to the decrease are general machinery, fabricated metals and information technology and telecom electronics. mobile phones, drive transmission and control parts for transportation, as well as steel bridges are also key items cited for the overall decrease. the ministry says it expects the index to be up in december. analysts too say they expect industrial output will pick up as external d
and iran to stop supporting this regime, and then this would be useful, or supporting militarily the opposition or the interfering by the nato to make free zone and no-fly zone. >> reporter: russia and china have repeatedly vetoed u.n. security council resolutions on imposing sanctions against syria. without their support, the international efforts can only put limited pressure on president assad. diplomats here are still hoping their efforts will help in some part to end the conflict in syria. however, after 20 months of violence, they've learned getting peace will take time. akira saheki, nhk world, tokyo. >>> satellite images show north korea could be preparing to launch another rocket. researchers at johns hopkins university in the united states say they have observed the first two stages of what appears to be a long-range missile. these images of the launch site in tongchang-ri on the west coast of north korea were captured on monday. researchers say they show trailers carrying the first two stages of a three-stage rocket. they say north korean officials seem to be conductin
leadership. social activists use the internet to out leaders for corruption and treating the under class urn fairly. the leaders see this as a threat to control and clamp down on some websites. persistent chinese are still finding ways to speak out. >> reporter: in china more than 500 million use the web. they have a broad internet community. >> translator: the stock prices and the foreign sites for financial information. >> translator: i simply cannot live without my smartphone. >> reporter: also, they make some sites off limits. on the chinese site we enter a wall. the internet has given life to new movements. this is a former airport employee. now he is an internet reporter and three years ago explored production by government officials and he wants to correct injustice on social programs. like-minded people support his activities, but he has caught the eye of authorities and now they watch him. >> translator: the internet gives you lots of information and you can disseminate the truth. >> reporter: he supports campaigns and he says the local government is to evict with him without proper
near-fatal injuries. nicole introduces us to iron heart, a real-life hero who's helping others after he, too, suffered near-fatal injuries. >> it was just a regular summer day, and i was crossing a local intersection on my way home from some practice, and i was struck in my driver's side door by a speeding dump truck, and the injuries were catastrophic. >> brian was 18 years old, a high-school honor student, and an all-star athlete. in his book, "iron heart," he tells how he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. >> i lost a total of 60% of my blood and had to get all that replaced with 36 blood transfusions. >> we take it for granted that when we need blood, like brian did, it'll be there ready for us. but it's not as simple as that. >> our hospitals need blood for accident victims, people with blood diseases, people in need of surgeries, and if people didn't donate blood, then we wouldn't have the blood to supply to our hospitals in need. >> in fact, every two seconds, someone in the u.s. needs donated blood, but, according to the american red cross, many people who can don
offers his resignation. >> the debate over u.s. gun- control laws heats up. >> we take a look at the difficulties north korean refugees face in adjusting to their new lives and freedom. >> well, egypt's opposition is gearing up for new protests today against a constitution drafted by the ruling islamists. the second round of voting is due at the weekend, but the opposition are crying foul, alleging widespread voting violations. the process has been thrown into further disarray after the resignation of the cross secure general. >> it is a month since president morsi put him on the job. protesters sought the appointment as an attack on the judiciary. the judiciary, like the population, is split over the vote on the constitution and the way it was drafted. opponents say it was rushed through and failed to protect the rights of minorities. >> well, we are now being joined by our correspondent on the line from cairo. thanks for joining us. with a group of judges saying they will boycott supervision on the second round of voting referendum, will the result be valid? >> pressure is i
. he launched a task force less than a week after a school shooting in connecticut. >> i will use all the powers of this effort to help advance e t efforts aimed at preventing a tragedy like this. >> vice president joe biden will lead the task force which will include other members of the cabinet. he said there's a growing consensus among americans to ban the sale of military style assault weapons. he says it supports stricter background checks on buyers. last week a gunman walked into a school. he killed 20 children and six adults. obama has been struggling with another file. >> the u.s. fiscal cliff crisis and the republicans and democrats talks between the republicans to avert still not making much progress. president obama has rm asked to make further compromising. >> i have gone at least halfways in meeting some of the republicans concerns. what separates us is $100 milli million. >> the white house presented a compromise plan earlier this week. obama's original plan was to impose tax increases for the wealthy who make $250,000 or more a year. now he raised the threshold to $400
ministers approved a loan just last week. now the greeks have announced one way they will use the funds. what's the latest? >> one of the requirements for greek receiving the bailout fund is they cut down their debt. they will buy back government bonds a t a discount. greek officials said on monday they will purchase the bonds from private financial institutions. they will pay 30 to 40% of the original price before the bonds mature. the announcement came a week after euro zone finance ministers agreed to offer 43.7 billion euros. that's about $57 billion. greek officials said the creditor institutions will receive bonds issued by the euro zone's bail out fund instead of cash. the buy back program is a condition leaders must fulfill to receive the next cash infusion. the success depends on the bond holders. finance chiefs met in brussels to discuss how to proceed with extending eight degrees. euro president said the region's financial authorities will monitor greece's bond buying back program. he says the finance ministers will sign off in the next round of loans to greece when they meet
when north korea launched another rocket. it blew up less than two minutes after lift off. u.s. officers are also on alert. >> those ships are capable of participates in defense. we will go forward with that as we did in the last time. >> he said officers will be able to track the missile's flight path. the north koreans have refined their technology so the probability of success has increased. the timing of the launch coincides with the presidential election campaign in south ko a korea. >> translator: today marks a watershed in the presidential campaign. i will do everything i can for the south korean people. >> translator: i promise to achieve a change of government. i would also like to realize a new era in politics. >> ahn said he'll join moon's campaign tour. the two couldn't agree on which one of them should run against the ruling party. so ahn withdrew from the race two weeks ago. the latest opinion poll suggests pak leads moon by about five percentage points. political analysts say they expect ahn's support will help moon especially among young and undecided voters. >
. that is the same as the vatican. >> only a handful of countries voted against the move, including the u.s. and israel. both threaten to sanction palestinian request. israel today announced the construction of 3000 more settler homes in response. >> many hope it will be for step toward independence and true statehood. >> life remains the same in the palestinian territories, but many say the united nations vote has given them a new outlook. >> it is a beautiful feeling. there's hope that our children will grow up in an independent nation with its own voice, and that is a feeling that is hard to describe it. >> the decision came after a powerful appeal by the palestinian authority president in new york. >> the general assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the state of palestine. >> 138 generally assembly -- general assembly members voted in favor of upgrading palestine to the status of nonmember observers say. israel opposed the status change, saying the resolution will not help further the peace process. >> the truth is nothing will change if they cont
forward and leading us out of this dark tunnel. >> this is not democracy. this is terrorism -- terrorism from the ruling party. >> now the nation is waiting for a response from morsi and a sign that he can use his authority to rein in divisions. >> let's go live now to cairo and our correspondent. is the situation still tense there in cairo? what about in other egyptian cities? >> no, in cairo it is relatively calm. a bigger group of protesters have come from various marches back to the presidential palace. the muslim brothers completely withdrew from the area. there was an announcement by their leader in the afternoon calling his people back, and a few hours later, the base was completely empty. it is again filled by the opposition, who are standing there asking for the president basically to resign. >> morsi is supposed to speak tonight. there has been a lot of back- and-forth over weather he will speak. what is happening there? >> lots of back and forth. they are saying that soon there will be a speech by the president. we are still waiting. it is difficult to say what he is going to
building institutions upon this foundation. if it is rejected, i will use my authority and duty to create a new constitutional assembly based on an agreement or on direct elections for a new assembly. >> the president's supporters have also been taking to the streets, this time for the funerals of two demonstrators who were killed in clashes with opposition protesters earlier in the week. meanwhile, the german foreign minister says the violence puts the legacy of the revolution at risk. m e to pose a political powers must come together in a dialogue. they must develop a dialogue, when it takes into account all elements of society. >> so far, the call is not being heated. the main opposition groups have rejected offers of talks on saturday. >> for more, we go live to cairo. we mentioned the reports that protesters have broken through the barricade at the palace. how tense is the situation in cairo right now? >> [inaudible] >> a cake, we have to leave you there. we are having some trouble with the line, but thanks so much for joining us from cairo, and we apologize for the quality of that c
paper also uses the phrase enemy to define north korea. it notes the reclusive nation has honed missile technology through several tests and cites analysis of satellite images and concludes that scientists are enriching uranium at a new facility. >>> the defense and foreign policy files are just two in a stack that will be on park's desk when she takes over as president. many south koreans want her to rein in the country's conglomerates. these big business blocks have helped fuel the economy but they've also been suffocating small and medium sized companies. our reporter has the story. >> reporter: this man loves serving up bread and other goods to customers who visit his small bakery. he says his products are tasty and affordable. but the business he bought a year ago is facing an uncertain future. >> translator: we are all in a life or death situation. >> reporter: south korea used to have 18,000 small independent bakeries. but by the beginning of this year, only about 4,000 were still open. the pressure has come from big business, conglomerates have opened their own bakeries. you can
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in setting monetary policy. >>> in the u.s. president barack obama and republican house speaker john boehner are scrambling to avoid the looming fiscal cliff. they're trying to reach an agreement on how to tax the wealthy. the president offered to limit tax hikes for people earning more than $400,000 a year. instead of his original proposal of $250,000. but republicans are calling for more concessions. >> what we've offered meets the definition of balance. but the president is not there yet. >> boehner said he will submit a bill to the house later this week proposing higher taxes only on people with income over $1 million a year. white house spokesperson jay carney said the two sides are close to a deal. >> the president has demonstrated obvious willingness to compromise and to move more than halfway. toward the republicans. >> spending cuts and tax increases including hikes on the middle class are set to take effect in the new year. the democrats and republicans will need to reach an agreement before then or the u.s. could face a recession. >>> let's check on the markets for this wednesday
expressed its grave concern of reports that syria may be preparing to use chemical weapons against rebel forces. the statement echoes a strong warning issued by u.s. president barack obama on monday. >> more than 40,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in march 2011. here's a look at what the alliance's defense will look like on turkey's border to syria. >> it is designed to detect, intercept, and hit an enemy missile. there are batteries like these stationed in germany. some could be deployed to turkey within weeks. berlin is calling it a legitimate request from a nato ally. >> turkey has already been hit by cross-border mortar fire from syria, so it is understandable that turkey is holon and has asked the alliance for a sign of solidarity. refusing that request would have profound implications for the alliance and send the wrong signal to the regime of president assad. >> nato is warning damascus not to cross a red line, for instance, by using chemical weapons. >> the use of chemical weapons would be completely unacceptable for the whole international community, and if
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's friday, december 21st. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. they're hoping consumers will keep spending and not just on christmas presents. we have joined from the business desk with the numbers. >> the magic number is considered a rate that reflects a healthy stream of goods an services. the previous estimate didn't reach that number. officials at the commerce department have changed the picture of the economy filling in some gaps. they say the pace of growth is the highest. commerce department officials revised up their growth rate. gross domestic product grew from the previous quarter. it was up by 0.4% from the figure last month. it was up from 1.4 to 1.6%. consumer spending does account for 70% of gdp. expert growth was revised from 1.1% to 1.9%. federal government spending was changed. it was revised downward slightly but maintain the pace of 13.5%. still the u.s. economic outlook remains uncertain. the obama administration and the republicans are at a stand still to resolve the tax increases. here in japa
, but opponents say they intend to continue their protests. >> turning out to the u.s., president barack obama has just announced his nomination of senator john kerry to become secretary of state. >> john kerry is currently chairman of the senate foreign relations committee and has undertaken numerous diplomatic missions. he also ran unsuccessfully for president back in 2004. the move has been widely expected. observers say he should win easy confirmation in the senate. staying in washington, and president obama is increasing the pressure on the country's powerful gun lobby's and calling for stricter regulations on assault weapons. he has also challenged his fellow gun control advocates to take a clear stand on the issue. >> america had a moment of silence for the victims of the newtown massacre. exactly one week ago, a young man armed with a semiautomatic rifle gunned down 20 people in connecticut. meanwhile, the national rifle association has taken a hard- nce on the issue, calling for armed security guards in yev american school to protect students. >> the gun owner's organizatitin has proposed
scientist from the european council on foreign relations. i would like to ask you to map out for us the reasons why the you got this very prestigious prize -- the eu is very prestigious prize. >> it is the only institution that managed the transition from several non-democracies to democracy. it is the first revolution in history without blood. i think that is largely worth the nobel prize, not counting the decades before or after 1949. >> some say this award is not justified. what do you say to this criticism? >> i think if we're in a crisis in your opinion now -- the european union now, it should not avoid looking at the merits of the past. look back. obama -- many people were saying he did not deserve the nobel peace prize, but he deserved it because it was a statement that now the u.s. is shifting back from the bush administration to obama. i think the same is true for the european union. >> your assessment has been pretty upbeat so far. i want to put this to you. at the top of the show, we said this is a day of celebration for the eu. no doubt about that. it also indicates it m
people at a u.s. military base. >> the man blew up a car packed with explosives. police say at least six others were injured. the taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came just days after a shooting inside police headquarters. the egyptian president has signed into law a controversial new constitution after official confirmation should a clear majority for the document in a referendum. >> morsi is due to address parliament on saturday after appointing 90 members to the senate. >> critics say the new basic law is islamist and undemocratic. >> the opposition kept up its protest for weeks, but it was not enough. anchor fled on the streets of cairo after official results were announced. critics say the referendum was marred by fraud. am i in my opinion, the revolution continues, and the constitution does not exist. a constitution has to be for everyone, not split the people of egypt. >> everybody knows the results are wrong. i will continue protesting peacefully until our demands are met. >> egypt's election commission says nearly 64% of voters approved the constitution i
are playacting. but as i'll explain, it's no game. >> he used to be a hospital patient. now he's a hospital hero. i'll have that story. >> a cooking competition so fierce you can taste it. i'll report on teen chefs. >> rugby started in england long ago. no doubt the inventors of the sport would be surprised to see how it's now being played in america. >> we asked teens if they'd like to sit at this desk and handle all the responsibilities that come with it. their answers may surprise you. >> we're at madame tussauds new york getting a behind-the-scenes peek at all the work it takes to keep these life-size wax figures looking lifelike. >> and there's lots more ahead, so stay with us. >> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm livia. here's this week's top story. >> bullying is making a lot of news nowadays. that's because it's so common. brandon tells us about an unusual program that's helping to prevent bullying. not only does it start in elementary school, it takes an approach that's rather dramatic. >> hey, listen. i wanted to talk to you about the math, 'cause... >> liz and rache
students know about our u.s. history at grades 4, 8, and 12. everything from the united states constitution to presidents to why certain laws came into play. at very different levels, there are certain questions that are asked. the 8th graders really were the ones who did, i would say, perform the best when we consider the 4th and we consider the 12th grade. >> that's because 8th graders' scores improved over the last time the test was given. 4th graders and 12th graders did not. in fact, a majority of 12th graders turned in a poor performance. their questions were harder, and their correct answers were fewer. 55% of 12th graders scored below the basic level. what does this show? >> mm, lauren, that's not good news at all. [ chuckles ] and what does that mean for our 12th graders? it means that we have to find a way to engage our 12th graders in learning u.s. history. we have to make it more important to them. so, we have a lot of work to do, definitely, at the 12th-grade level. >> there's a famous saying -- "those who don't know history are condemned to repeat it." so, the lessons of the p
, is happening to us. whatever's happening in the asian community, that's us. instead of possessive commodified investment in our identities, we need to take possessive investment in our other communities' struggles. >> the life and work of junot diaz contain many worlds, and that makes him all the more worth listening to. his imagination travels between the old and the new, between the america that was and the america we're becoming. straddling different cultures, yet american to the core -- he seems to be looking in every direction at once -- a spotter of the future, a curator of the past, a man very much of the here and now. in his first book, "drown" and in "the brief wondrous life of oscar wao" -- the novel that won him the pulitzer prize, diaz writes in short, vivid strokes of realspeak. his recent collection of short stories, "this is how you lose her," was a finalist for the national book award. diaz, the novelist, once considered becoming an historian and to this day he summons his creative gifts by looking to his own past. he was born in the dominican republic, part of that caribbean
are being corrected. this is bringing us closer to true banking union. fiscal union is way down the line. that would involve having to change eu treaties, and that is not something that anybody wants here at the moment. we are still in the middle of a crisis. we are a bit more stable than we were a couple of months ago. that's what everybody has been saying here, but this union is not something that we can tackle quite yet. this meeting is about figuring out where we want to go. there will not be any decisions today. >> we have heard that before. thank you very much. >> in another attempt to remedy the eurozone crisis, european finance ministers have said yes to releasing more aid to greece. in a 50 billion euros were freed up on thursday for athens -- >> the 50 billion euros were freed up on thursday for athens. >> there are some who believe it is nothing more than a band-aid. >> emotions spilled over as workers tried to storm a meeting between greek and german officials today are angry over layoffs that are part of broad austerity measures. greeks see the reason to believe next year wi
keeps coming to mind as i try to follow the melodrama in washington that has us heading for a cliff. a fiscal cliff. but are we? or is this, another myth in the making? for some insight, we turn to two seasoned observers both of whose books you'll want to as santa to leave in your stocking. bruce bartlett was an economic adviser to the supply-side icon jack kemp, and to two presidents -- ronald reagan and the first george bush. he got into hot water with his conservative cohorts when he wrote a widely quoted book critical of the second president bush. his most recent work is "the benefit and the burden: tax reform-why we need it and what it will take." yves smith is the founder and editor of the popular blog naked capitalism. after 25 years in the financial services industry, she now heads the management consulting firm aurora advisors. she's the author of this book: "econned: how unenlightened self interest undermined democracy and corrupted capitalism." welcome to you both. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> is the fiscal cliff just a metaphor? or is it for real? >> well, the cliff is
. it just goes on forever. them putin also address u.s. criticism of moscow's security and human rights policies in response to news that a court had reduced the jail sentence of one of putin poses strongest critics. the president said that the case was not politically motivated, and he dismissed recent protests about his presidency. >> we do not need this anarchy. during the 1990's, this kind of anarchy give market economics and democracy a bad name in russia. people are still afraid of that today. >> the marathon press conference lasted four hours, but president putin had little to offer that was really new. >> it was a fighting performance by vladimir putin who likes to present himself as a faithful servant of the russian people, but there was a lack of fresh ideas and concrete answers. his words sounded a lot more like holding onto power than a new beginning for the good of russia. >> efforts to bail out ciphers are running into fresh obstacles. a german newspaper is reporting that the international monetary fund is not prepared to contribute to the bailout fund unless creditors wav
with hope and joy, for the savior has been born for us. >> for many in the audience, hearing the message in their own language was an obvious highlight. then came the blessing -- to the city and to the world. >> we are joined now in our studio by our religious affairs correspondent. it has been a busy year for the pope and the catholic church. >> it has indeed. it started off in february when he appointed 22 new cardinals, all europeans, to correct, as he saw it, the imbalance in the college of cardinals, created by his predecessor, john paul ii, who appointed a lot of latin americans. the pope wanted to restore the balance, as he saw it. then, of course, although he is 86 or will be in april, he said he was not going to travel much. in fact, he traveled quite a bit. he was in mexico, in cuba. he went to lebanon, celebrated a mass just 80 kilometers from where the fighting was. it has been a very busy year. and he published the third volume of his study in jesus christ. >> last night on christmas eve, the pope made one, that caught a lot of people's eyes, which was about technology, quit
concern that they may use chemical weapons. >> yet another meeting in no solution. talks between brahimi and al assad ending with an exchange of views on the future. he said he set out his position on things. he explained to the syrian president his point of view on how to help the syrian people. the u.n. special envoy expressed concern that the continued fighting. the conflict in syria will continue into the new year. dozens were killed on sunday alone in central syria. army planes apparently bombing people waiting for food outside a bakery. rebels accused the regime of taking anger out on them. there had been increasing concern that they could use chemical weapons to hold on to power. the government refuses they would use chemical weapons. >> they will never use it. and that clear? firstly, they would not use it against the wrong people if they had won with in their geographical boundaries. -- against their own people. >> they claimed they seized this base near aleppo. >> in afghanistan, a police officer shot dead five colleagues in a northern province. >> that officer has been detaine
the economy and energize japan. >> translator: i want a new cabinet to use tax-free on the tsunami survivors. i really have a high expectation about this. >> translator: i want a new administration to listen to the voices of young people and do something new because nothing really seems to have changed. >> abe takes charge as japan is embroiled in some difficult relations with its neighbors. a former u.s. official hopes the new government will rebuild regional ties and those with the u.s. former deputy secretary of state james steinberg was a leading advocate for the asia pacific region. he welcomed abe's plan to make his the first foreign destination. >> i think there's no substitute for leader to leader discussions. given the delicacy and importance of issues in east asia now. >> steinberg expressed the concerns over the senkaku islands. japan controls the islands in the east china sea. china and taiwan claim them. >> the re-elected leader in the united states and new leaders in all three major countries of northeast asia. this is an opportunity to take a step back and get a new perspectiv
's used to cut it. oh, that cuts different. so this is stronger. ja, ja. mmm, it' schmeckt sehr gut. mmm, besser. and you can buy it by the wheel, wedge, or a wafer-thin slice to take with you on a hike. danke shon. wiedersehen! wiedersehen! bye-bye! >> "inside washington" is brought to you in part by the american federation of government employees -- proud to make america work. for more information about afge and membership, visit afge.org. >> production assistance was provided by all but in communications and politico, reporting on the political and legislative arena. >> this week on "inside ," the thrill of victory. >> barack obama has been reelected. >> the agony of defeat. >> this election is over, but our principles in north. >> the year 2012 in review. >> the supreme court has upheld the requirement that every american by health insurance. >> the year of the cliffhanger. >> raising tax rates is unacceptable. >> natural disasters. >> like the apocalypse. >> and human tragedies. >> saying someone is shooting in the auditorium. >> political fumbles. >> 5 seconds before you interrupte
of us distanced from the loss to imagine to even grieve the emptiness of the homes and hearts of those who loved them. we will never forget. we mourn, move on, and too soon forget. then it will happen again some day. we'll scratch our heads and ask ourselves, was the last time newtown or columbine? was it aurora or that college in virginia? once again, we will mourn, move on, and too soon forget. there is an old saying that in remembrance is the secret of redemption. but america forgets quickly and gives no lasting indication it seems redemption from its fetish with guns, its romance with the free market of violence, with the sport of it all. the show must go on. it's our right. at any price. what were their names again? oh, yes. charlotte, daniel, olivia, daniel, allison, dawn. poor things. such a tragedy. praise the lord and pass the ammunition. so we make our peace with violence and make ourselves over in its image. a state senator in missouri, a lifetime member of the national rifle association, is pushing a bill to require that all first graders be enrolled in the nra's gun safety
plants and the accident in fukushima last year have prompted many japanese to question the use of atomic energy. the former government said it would aim to take all reactors off line within a couple of decades but now a new government is in power and promising a different approach. >> reporter: prime minister abe is putting everything on the table when it comes to japan's energy policy. he and others in the committee have said they will explore possibilities including restarting nuclear reactors. >> translator: we need to decide our energy policy based on technical assessments. we will not start with the conclusion of halting nuclear power generation by the 2030s. >> reporter: the previous administration led by former prime minister yoshihko noda drafted an energy policy that stated the government would aim to shut down all nuclear plants by the 2030s. before last year's accident in fukushima, nuclear power accounted for 26% of the total energy supply in japan. currently only two out of 50 reactors in the country are online adding a mere 3% to the supply. fossil fuels are taking up the s
. >> and there's lots more ahead, so stay with us. >> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm livia. here's this week's top story. >> their slogan is "do a good turn daily," and they've been doing that for more than 100 years. lauren reports that girl scouts are celebrating the beginning of a new century of girl power. >> when you think of girl scouts, what do you think of? >> cookies. >> cookies. >> thin mints. >> i think of, like, little girls and i think of cookies. >> well, how about robots? or writing letters of appreciation to those serving in our military? or chemistry experiments? >> we're making gak for girl scouts so they can learn about polymers. >> it felt really squishy. >> this is just one of the many celebrations across the country for scouting's 100th anniversary. there are activities for the littlest daisies and brownie scouts, up through juniors and cadets, to seniors and ambassadors. >> so, you can learn about different things, and you can kind of change the world in your own way. >> girl scouts have been changing the world ever since they got started in savannah,
lawmakers in state after state using alec as a front. here's another example -- the american bail coalition, which represents the bail bond industry, pulls no punches about writing alec's model bills itself. in a newsletter a few years back, the coalition boasted that it had written 12 alec model bills "fortifying the commercial bail industry." here's jerry watson, senior legal counsel for the coalition, speaking at an alec meeting in 2007. he has a law to offer. >> there is a model bill for you to review if you might be interested in introducing such a measure. >> he'll even help legislators amend it. >> now, if you don't like the precise language of these suggested documents, can they be tweaked by your legislative counsel? well, absolutely. and will we work with them on that and work with you and your staff on that? absolutely. >> all the lawmakers have to do is ring him up. >> there is a phone number there for our executive offices in washington, d.c. we are prepared to help you and your staff and support this legislation in any way that we can. >> and guess what? there's gold at the en
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